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12 & 13 DECEMBER 2015


To:     All local and overseas Dragon Boat Crews

The Penang International Dragon Boat Festival Committee (PIDBF) in conjunction with the Penang Pesta Dragon Boat Race 2015 cordially invites Crews from around the world to participate in our dragon boat race which will be held at the Teluk Bahang Dam, Penang, Malaysia on 12 and 13 December 2015.  This event is fully supported by the Penang State Government and is an affiliated festival of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF).   For your information, Penang has more than 30 years of experience in organizing dragon boat races benefitted with the technical expertise of a large number of experienced IDBF Technical Officials.

Competition Regulations and Racing Rules

This race will comply with IDBF Competition Regulations and will be under the IDBF Rules of Racing.  All participating crews are required to return the Confirmed Entry Form to PIDBF no later than 10 October 2015.

Divisions, Racing & Competition Classes and Distances

The Competition Divisions, Racing and Competition Classes that will be contested are listed below, provided a minimum of 5 entries are received for each competition class.

100 Meter

1) PIDBF Invitational Premier Open                – 22 Racers    }  for International

National teams

2) Malaysia Premier Open                                – 22 Racers   }  for Malaysian teams

3) International Premier Open                         – 22 Racers    }

4) International Premier Women             – 12 Racers                        }  for Club teams

5) International Junior U23 Mixed         – 12 Racers                        }

250 Meter

6) PIDBF Invitational Premier Open              – 22 Racers    }  for International

National teams

7) Malaysia Premier Open                                – 22 Racers    }  for Malaysian teams

8) International Premier Mixed                       – 22 Racers    }

9) International Senior 40 Open               – 12 Racers             }  for Club teams

10) International Junior U23 Open           – 12 Racers             }

2 x 250 Meter Relay

11) International Premier Open                         - 2 x 12 Racers }

12) International Premier Mixed                       - 2 x 12 Racers }  for Club teams

13) International Junior U23 Open                   - 2 x 12 Racers }


Premier – the primary class of racing.  There are no restrictions on competitor’s age.  Open to all crews.

Senior 40 – Aged 40 years and above (born on or before year 1975); with the exception of the drummer.

Junior Under 23 – Aged 12 years but under 23 years (born between year 1993 and 2003); with the exception of the steerer (helm).

Racing Class

Open – no restriction on crew composition (gender)

Women – for female crews only (including drummer and steerer).

Mixed – 22 Racers: minimum of eight (8) and maximum of twelve (12) female paddlers

- 12 Racers: minimum of four (4) and maximum of six (6) female paddlers

Relay –  Each club will form two 12 Racers crews (Crew A & Crew B) to race over a 250m course.

Eg; Crew A from each club will start at the Finish Line (in either Lane 2, 4 or 6) and race to the 250m Start Line.  When Crew A reaches the Start Line, the drummer will pick the flag and throw it up high towards the sky; then Crew B (in either Lane 1, 3 or 5) will then race back to the Finish Line to complete the relay race.


· 100  meters straight course

· 250 meters straight course

· 2 x 250 meters for Relay

Racing Styleseated

Boat – Standard boat only for both 22 Racers and 12 Racers event

No. of Competitors : 22 Racers - Maximum 26 competitors

18 to 20 paddlers

1 drummer

1 steerer

4 reserves

12 Racers - Maximum 14 competitors

8 to 10 paddlers

1 drummer

1 steerer

2 reserves

Entry Fee: 12 Racers           – US$40 (RM150) per event

22 Racers           -  US$75 (RM280) per event

2 x 250m Relay  - US$75 (RM280) per event

Outline Programme

Thu, 10 Dec

  • Crews arrival

Fri, 11 Dec

  • Practice sessions
  • Welcome Reception
  • Crew Manager’s Meeting

Sat, 12 Dec

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Race Day

Sun, 13 Dec

  • Race Day
  • Gala Dinner

Mon, 14 Dec

  • Sightseeing in Penang (optional) or crews departure

The above programme is provisional and is provided to assist crews with their initial planning.  This programme is subject to changes.  The competition classes by day will be confirmed after all confirmed Entry Forms have been received.


Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the winners.  Every participating team will receive a souvenir for remembrance.

Ground Arrangement Package

The Organizing Committee has made arrangements for a choice of accommodation from 4-stars beach or city hotels. All the official accommodation locations are 15 – 30 minutes from the regatta site by car or bus. The cost ranges from US$40 to US$60 per person, per night will include:

1. Airport / Hotel transfer (1 group transfer for 1 team per way)

2. Hotel accommodation

3. Transport to & from race course for training & racing days

4. Daily breakfast at hotel

5. Transport to & from Gala Dinner

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Entry Form & Entry Fee Submission

Closing date for Confirmed Entry Form & Entry Fee 10 October 2015

Payment Mode

All payments can be made by telegraphic transfer (US$), direct bank-in (RM) or credit card no later than the relevant deadlines, thereafter email a copy of the transaction slip to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bank charges imposed for telegraphic transfer are to be absorbed by crews themselves, meanwhile a 3% bank charges will be imposed for credit card payments.

(1) Bank details for Telegraphic Transfer and Direct Bank-in are as follows:

Account Name

Penang International Dragon Boat Festival


Maybank Islamic Berhad


No.1 Arked Ria 1, KOMTAR, 10000 Penang, Malaysia

Swift Code


Account No.



Please provide name of crew and description of payment being made (eg. Entry Fee)

(2) For Credit Card payment, please furnish the followings:

  • Name in the credit card
  • Credit card number
  • Type of card eg. Master/Visa
  • Issuing bank
  • Expiry date

Contact Information


Tel:  +6012-4830448 / +604-650 5136


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